BENJAMIN Franklin once said “If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead, either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.”

As one of the Founding Fathers of the United States, Franklin is unlikely to ever be forgotten, but you do not have to be a politician, celebrity or a bestselling author to leave a legacy.

Our communities are full of unsung heroes whose kind deeds, bravery and zest for life continue to inspire long after they leave this world.

Journalists often have the privilege of writing about such people. Whether that be campaigners fighting against cuts at a hospital, churchgoers fundraising to replace a broken stained glass window or a schoolteacher awarded for going the extra mile for their pupils – they have all, in some way, left their mark.

Take the late Jack Hendren, whose obituary in this newspaper is a celebration of a man who lived to serve his hometown of Richmond. Mayor twice, a member of the Lions Club and a key organiser of the town’s annual meet, Mr Hendren was passionate about helping his community.

But it is perhaps as a photographer that he is best known, capturing countless weddings, christenings and the other special moments that punctuate life. During his long career, he photographed film stars, royalty, soldiers and politicians; the beautiful scenery of the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District; and the events and celebrations that brought the people of Richmond together.

His was certainly a life worth writing about, and his photographs will adorn walls, fireplaces and treasured family albums for generations to come.